Category: Action

“Da 5 Bloods”

8.7

Spike Lee, one of the great directors of our time, at the height of his powers. A tale of friendship, service, pain, family, the often complicated nature of humanity. All wrapped in a history lesson. You can always count on walking away from a Spike Lee film with a lesson and some things to think about. The film is also gorgeous both in setting and how it is shot. A mix of “Last Vegas” and “Apocalypse Now.” A lot of film to take in, but well worth the runtime.

“Twister”

8.3

The original, the legend! (Well, after the disaster films of the 70’s became a parody of themselves and took a siesta for a little over a decade.)

Nothing like the backdrop of mass destruction for a good old fashioned love story. *cough* Titanic *cough* These tornadoes have a vendetta for Jo’s family that would make the shark from JAWS blush.

A classic 90’s action blockbuster that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration. A beautiful display of the power of nature, and the effect it has on the people who directly experience it. Inspiring a generation of disaster films to follow.

“Into the Storm”

6.8

“Twister,” if they had better CGI back in the day. Would have been amazing to see in IMAX, but still impressive on a TV screen. A solid action movie that checks all the boxes. Love story between an awkward teen and a girl out of his league that he wins over by not dying. Guy dying by getting sucked into a fire-nado. Walks the fine line between suspense and “Sharknado” better than most.

“Jaws 3”

6.9

Before “Blackfish,” you had this film to convince you not to go to Sea World, for fear of being trapped in an underwater walkway with strangers while you wait to be devoured by a killer shark. The underwater restaurant looks pretty badass, though.

It’s in 3D, like every other horror movie around this time, and has one of the most laughable finales in cinematic history. However, still an entertaining watch, if you’ve never seen it before.

“Jaws 2”

8.1

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The first one was just too good… they had to make a second one, right?

In one of Hollywood’s better sequels, Universal made the accidentally genius decision to switch to an action oriented director, who took this film in a different enough direction from the first that it actually works really well. The helicopter scene is a thing of beauty, cheesy as it may be. Chief Brody comes back for another round with his finned foe. The action gets cranked up to an 11, and you see A LOT of the shark in this one. A well executed follow-up to a legend, that stands the test of time.